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Kenwood bests DuSable

Kenwood bests DuSable

By Joseph Phillips Sports Writer The Kenwood Broncos Wrestling team defeated the DuSable Panthers 27-24 in a round robbin match held at Kenwood Academy, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave., on Saturday afternoon. The Broncos were excited to kick off their first match of the season and were looking to make a statement against the Panthers. “Our goal is to finish first in(…)

Local pols target minimum wage

Local pols target minimum wage

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer With primary elections less than six weeks away, Hyde Park representatives at the state and city level are pushing for a higher minimum wage. Since last fall, state Rep. Barbara Flynn Currie (D-25) has been sponsoring a bill that would raise the Illinois minimum wage, and just last week Alds.(…)

Ruling is not discouraging us

To the Editor: Last week the judge hearing the McMobil zoning case, Kathleen M. Pantle, granted a motion filed by the University of Chicago’s lawyers to dismiss our lawsuit. The motion alleged that the title company we hired to mail required notices miscalculated the property boundaries and thus failed to notify seven property owners on(…)

Why e-cigarettes need greater restriction

By ALD. WILLIAM D. BURNS (4TH) In January, I co-sponsored an ordinance to apply smoking restrictions to electronic cigarettes — namely, that e-cigarettes cannot be used in restaurants, bars and indoors. My father died 12 years ago at the age of 59 of a heart attack caused by a lifetime of smoking. Despite my father’s(…)

Deal with your dogs!

To the Editor: If we gripe and moan about the mess the geese leave behind, why don’t we say anything about the poop that the dog walkers leave behind? In summer we seem to understand how to keep our communities free of dog’s poop. Once cold weather hits, we seem to forget how to take a(…)

Kenwood Academy students excelling in Regional Science Fair, moving to citywide

Kenwood Academy students excelling in Regional Science Fair, moving to citywide

Kenwood Academy High School students Sebastian Augusthy (11th grade), Carlos Cortes (10th), Bennett Hensey (11th), Waylan Mui (10th) and Ariel Judah (11th) represented the school Thursday at the Regional Science Fair at Chicago State University. Out of the five students, four of them — Augusthy, Cortes, Hensey and Mui — advanced to the citywide science(…)

Local blogger is rising

Local blogger is rising

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Blogger Mikki Kendall is no stranger to controversy. The Hyde Park native has made many Internet friends and enemies, tackling such sensitive topics as abortion, race and gender inequality with unapologetic candor. She has also achieved as of late a certain kind of fame on the web, which has spread(…)

Bergstein’s deli holds grand opening

Bergstein’s NY Deli, 1164 E. 55th St., held its grand opening last Monday, and will begin closing five hours later, at 8 p.m., starting on Feb. 10. The grand opening featured free desserts and finger foods over music as well as a gift card raffle, according to owner Bill Davis. The Chicago Heights-based Bergstein’s opened(…)

Local Obama library momentum building

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer University of Chicago President Robert Zimmer announced his support for a library housing artifacts from Barack Obama’s presidency located on the South Side of Chicago on Friday. Zimmer’s statement comes on the same day that the formal process of finding a location for the library and museum began. The Barack(…)

Part Three: The commercial core at 53rd Street and Lake Park Avenue

Part Three: The commercial core at 53rd Street and Lake Park Avenue

By SUSAN O’CONNOR DAVIS It is no coincidence that the revival of Hyde Park’s commercial core is centered at 53rd and Lake Park Avenue, an intersection that over the years has witnessed growth and decline, tragedy and renewal. Today on any weekend night there is a line out the door at Chipotle, valet parking is(…)

A view of East Hyde Park just before dawn Tuesday from the 31st Street Marina. Photo by Marc Monaghan

Locals sign up for Community Action Council

Locals sign up for Community Action Council

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Council (HP-K CC) Schools Committee hosted another Chicago Public Schools Community Action Council (CAC) interest meeting last Wednesday. About 40 community members attended the meeting, which was held at Kenwood Academy High School, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave. Out of the 40, 16 people signed up(…)

Review: “Seven Guitars”

RECOMMENDED Where: Court Theater, 5535 S. Ellis Ave. When: Through Feb. 16 Tickets: $45-$65 Phone: 773-753-4472 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic I haven’t seen August Wilson’s “Seven Guitars” since its world premiere at Goodman Theatre in January 1995, and my opinion of the play hasn’t changed much since then. Court Theatre’s production directed by Ron(…)

Deli expands hours, offers breakfast

Deli expands hours, offers breakfast

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Bergstein’s, Hyde Park’s newest deli, began offering breakfast sandwiches last week. Bergstein’s, 1164 E. 55th St., now opens at 7 a.m. and offers a range of sandwiches. Manager Josh Widen said they expect to serve Intelligentsia coffee soon. The hours Bergstein’s remain open will extend to 8 p.m. after Feb.(…)

MSI offers free days for kids in February

MSI offers free days for kids in February

The Museum of Science and Industry (MSI) will be offering free museum entry for kids in February. Free days at MSI, 5700 S. Lake Shore Dr., will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Feb. 1-28. Free tickets are available for kids between the ages of 3 and 11 and must be obtained(…)

IL Republicans battling it out at U. of C.

A Republican gubernatorial forum will take place at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, March 4, at the Logan Center, 915 E. 60th St. A hour-long roundtable discussion featuring candidates Bill Brady, Kirk Dillard, Bruce Rauner and Dan Rutherford will be followed by a 30-minute question-and-answer session. The event will be moderated by NBC 5 Political Editor(…)

Ukranians protest in solidarity in Kenwood

Ukranians protest in solidarity in Kenwood

Dozens of people demonstrated in solidarity with Ukrainian protesters early Sunday, across the street from President Barack Obama’s residence at 47th Street and Greenwood Avenue. The demonstration, which included around as many as 50 people at one point, was held in response to ongoing Ukrainian protests against President Viktor Yanukovych’s pro-Russian policies. One protester held(…)

Despres awards announced

Despres awards announced

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The Hyde Park Historical Society will award the Marian and Leon Despres Preservation Awards to the developers who rehabilitated the Harper Theater and the Shoreland Hotel. Jim Hennessy, associate vice president for commercial and real estate operations at the University of Chicago will accept the award for the work done(…)

Lab School campaign ends

Lab School campaign ends

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The University of Chicago Laboratory Schools Lab+ Campaign closed at the end of 2013 having successfully met its $55 million goal, according to David Magill, director of the Lab Schools. In 2008, the University of Chicago Board of Trustees approved a request from the Lab Schools, 1362 E. 59th(…)

Ray, Kenwood in school news

Ray, Kenwood in school news

Students advance from regional to citywide science fair at Ray, 5631 S. Kimbark Ave. Ray Elementary School 6th and 7th graders participated in the Burnham and Fulton Park Regional Science Fair last Friday at Malcolm X College. Four students — 6th graders Elvis Wolcott, Marcelo Gutierrez and Joden Soberano and 7th grader Hope Richard —(…)